Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
José and Mary Lόpez belonged to the first generation of Americans born in California after statehood was granted on September 9, 1850.
José Lόpez came to Kern County to raise sheep in 1873. The following year Edward Beale, owner of the Tejon Ranch, hired José to manage the sheep on his ranch. In 1885, Lόpez became the manager of the Tejon Ranch overseeing ranch operations for the next twenty-four years.
Mary Winter came to Kern County with her Scottish immigrant family in 1868 settling in the Tehachapi Mountains. José and Mary were married in 1885. After their marriage, Mary taught piano to some of the children from the Sebastian Indian Reservation located on the Tejon Ranch.
Lois Lavern Hill and her family moved into this house in 1966. Lavern lived and worked in the home she loved for nearly 40 years. Arlin Hill, Glenda Rankin and Dianne Sharman donated this house in 2008 fulfilling their mother’s dream of moving the house to the museum.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1864.
Location. 35° 23.586′ N, 119° 1.199′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Marker and House are located on the northwest corner of the Log Cabin Green section of Pioneer Village. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howell House (a few steps from this marker); Adobe House (a few steps from this marker); Undertaker's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Bungalow (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern County Begins (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard School (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnes Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
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